Increases in minimum wages.
Washington will be the first state to require a minimum wage of more than $9 an hour when it joins seven other states on Sunday in automatically adjusting salaries to keep up with inflation.
More than a million low-wage U.S. workers will see their hourly pay go up after the adjustment but many will remain mired in the ranks of the working poor in a country where nearly one-in-six live below the poverty line, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics.
Based on a typical 2,000-hour work year, the wage increases that take effect on New Year's Day in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington translate into annual salaries for minimum-wage workers of between $15,280 and $18,080.
Remember, this is to keep up with inflation. As prices go up, so should salaries. Businesses would never do this on their own, they need liberals in the government and at the polls to constantly force them to do the right thing. So to workers making minimum wage: your welcome.